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How's it going fellow die hard hard core ZEPPELIN fanatics? I hope that the weekend treated all of you well. A new week is now coming upon us and I am sure that we are all eager for the new upcoming challenges that await all of us. I would like to wish all of the mothers throughout the world a VERY HAPPY MOTHERS DAY. Mother's are a very precious gift to all of us from God and many of us have taken our Mother's for granted only to never fully realize the importance and how valuable they really are until after they are either gone or seriously ill. We better enjoy our Mother's now because once they are gone, it is awfully lonely without them. As for "Dzldoc" A.K.A. Charles, I heard that you were home. Keep up the good fight my friend by fighting the fighter's fight. And so, I dedicate this thread to all of the Mother's worldwide as well as my Mother who is in an Alzheimer's facility in Live Oak, California and to Charles. This one's for you!

The next 1970's band that I am going to write a thread about is a band that needs no introduction the world over. This band's roots can be traced all the way back to the 1960's. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois when the band was originally called THE TRADEWINDS and later TW4, this soon to be legendary band would later change their name, for the last time, and settle on a name after a river from Greek Mythology that ran through the "Land Of The Dead" in the underworld. The name of the band is none other than STYX, their music is their story. So without further delay, AND AWAY WE GO!

STYX will forever go down in Rock n' Roll history and be remembered for composing and recording some of Rock's all-time greatest slow ballads and Hard Rock classic anthems ever. STYX's early influences were CROSBY STILLS & NASH, EMERSON LAKE & PALMER and THE MOODY BLUES. However, I guess that you can say that STYX would follow along the same lines and tradition of the mighty LED ZEPPELIN in a way that this band was fully capable of recording beautifully slow romantic and poetic ballads in the beginning that would soon erupt into a fast upbeat and explosive Hard Rockers towards the ending of their songs. Their Hard Rockers would blow us all away with a fast explosive and electrifying sound fury at the end of their songs with such grace that the band made it look so easy to perform when it really wasn't. Examples of this formula are the legendary STYX masterpieces "Best Thing," "Lady" and the trademark STYX Rocker "Come Sail Away."

When original founding members Tommy Shaw (Acoustic and Electric Guitarist) met up and joined forces with Guitarist James Young, Keyboardist, Synthesizers and Lead Vocalist Dennis De Young, Bassist Chuck Panozzo and his brother, Drummer John Panozzo, STYX would be born and a new era of Arena and Progressive Hard Rock was about to be taken to a new level unimagined. It was full speed ahead for this band from Chicago and STYX would grace and delight us for many years to come from 1972 to the present.

NOTE: I would like to make an edit on the founding members. Tommy Shaw was NOT a founding member. James "JY" Young and John Curulewski were originally recruited in STYX in 1972. John Curulewski would leave STYX and be replaced by Tommy Shaw in 1975. Sadly, John Curulewski would pass away from an Aneurysm in 1988. I would like to thank "L 7" for recognizing the misinformation and correcting me. After all, it is important to me in making sure that all of you receive the most accurate information.

STYX'S albums are timeless classics that seem to age better like wine as time goes by. Their resume of great albums are a true testament of the greatness, pure genius and musical creativity of five extremely multi-talented musicians. Their list of albums is long and are as follows: STYX (1972), THE SERPENT IS RISING (1973), STYX II (1973), MAN OF MIRACLES (1974), EQUINOX (1975), CRYSTAL BALL (1976), THE GRAND ILLUSION (1977), PIECES OF EIGHT (1978), CORNERSTONE (1979), PARADISE THEATRE (1981), KILROY WAS HERE (1983), EDGE OF THE CENTURY (1990), BRAVE NEW WORLD (1999), CYCLORAMA (2003) and BIG BANG THEORY (2005).

STYX'S list of songs are incredible and speaks for themselves. I'm talking about legendary songs such as: "Best Thing," "You Need Love," "Lady," "Winner Take All," "Rock & Roll Feeling," "Light Up," "Suite Madame Blue," "Crystal Ball," "The Grand Illusion," "Come Sail Away," Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)," "Renegade," "Pieces Of Eight," "Lights," "Babe," "A.D. 1928," "Rockin' The Paradise," "Too Much Time On My hands," "The Best Of Times," "Snowblind," Love Is The Ritual" and "One With Everything." For those of you that are not familiar with STYX and have not heard their music, I highly recommend the 2-CD set entitled STYX, COME SAIL AWAY: THE STYX ANTHOLOGY for the curious beginner.

To make this paragraph short, I also highly recommend that you buy all of the live STYX CD's and DVD's. Doing this, you will get a taste of how STYX really sounded like live which is unbelievable and incredible.

In closing, STYX has successfully continued in entertaining sell-out audiences the world over up to this very day. Their recent reunion proves that. STYX has also persevered through many band personnel changes throughout their history but their own special blend of magical sounds remain fully intact. In 2001, Chuck Panozzo confirmed rumors that he had contracted AIDS while the turbulent career of STYX was being told and exposed in an entertaining episode of VH-1's Behind The Music. With all of these facts in mind, STYX has forever left their place and mark in Rock n' Roll history and their many accomplishments, contributions and achievements speaks for themselves and will never be forgotten. I hope that you enjoyed reading this long thread. I welcome all comments whether they are positive or negative ones. Please enlighten me. In the mean time, live life to the fullest and ROCK ON!

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I'm not sure who's Behind the Music special was best for being unintentionally funny, Creed's, Journey's or Styx'.

Can't say I'm much of a fan as they're the very definition of what was the matter with so much corporate rock of the day but I do have a certain affinity for some of their earlier material.

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I'm not sure who's Behind the Music special was best for being unintentionally funny, Creed's, Journey's or Styx'.

Can't say I'm much of a fan as they're the very definition of what was the matter with so much corporate rock of the day but I do have a certain affinity for some of their earlier material.

How's it going "Jahfin?" Lets not forget LEIF GARRETT'S special on VH-1's Behind The Music, his story was something else just like MOTLEY CRUE'S. I have always liked STYX'S earlier material as well, they ROCKED! In my opinion, in some way, I have always compared STYX'S Corporate Rock to QUEEN'S with the exception of the Lead Singer's. Freddie Mercury was one of the all-time greatest Lead Vocalists ever. As for both band's music, I have always compared "Bohemian Rhapsody" to "Lady" and "Come Sail Away." Its just my opinion but I do see some little similarities in these songs. ROCK ON!

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I like a couple of their songs - when I was in high school, the theater group I was a part of were all huge Styx fans so I sort of have that memory of them which is nice. But musically, they never did much for me.

How's it going "ninelives?" I wasn't a big fan of theirs either until I listened to them later on in the late 1980's. I bet the two songs that grabbed you were the same two that grabbed me. They were "Lady" and "Come Sail Away," am I right or am I wrong? If you buy STYX, COME SAIL AWAY - THE STYX ANTHOLOGY 2-CD set, you will realize that this band did record some great music in the 1970's. ROCK ON!

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Saw Styx in '77 for the Grand Illusion tour and it was awesome.

Man in the Wilderness was the encore and it's been one of my favorite Styx songs ever since.

Miss America is another cool non-radio song from Illusion that has a killer guitar solo.

I lost interest in their subsequent albums other than a couple hits like Blue Collar Man – most of my favorite Styx music is from Grand Illusion back.

Suite Madame Blue, Light Up, Loralei, Crystal Ball, and yes, Lady are all awesome rock songs that stand strong despite the sellouts Styx became.

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Saw Styx in '77 for the Grand Illusion tour and it was awesome.

Man in the Wilderness was the encore and it's been one of my favorite Styx songs ever since.

Miss America is another cool non-radio song from Illusion that has a killer guitar solo.

I lost interest in their subsequent albums other than a couple hits like Blue Collar Man – most of my favorite Styx music is from Grand Illusion back.

Suite Madame Blue, Light Up, Loralei, Crystal Ball, and yes, Lady are all awesome rock songs that stand strong despite the sellouts Styx became.

How's it going "TypeO?" Seeing STYX live in the 1970's was a real treat for the both of us wasn't it? When you think about it, STYX really did give Rock n' Roll some glorious moments. ROCK ON!

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How's it going "ninelives?" I wasn't a big fan of theirs either until I listened to them later on in the late 1980's. I bet the two songs that grabbed you were the same two that grabbed me. They were "Lady" and "Come Sail Away," am I right or am I wrong? If you buy STYX, COME SAIL AWAY - THE STYX ANTHOLOGY 2-CD set, you will realize that this band did record some great music in the 1970's. ROCK ON!

Actually not - I can't remember the names of the songs as it was a few years ago ;) But they weren't ones that were radio hits.

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Hoz-zit gwoin`LFF.

Caught Styx in 1979/80-ish in Alabama, (sorry, not sure of the exact year- a bit hazy)

Tommy Shaw is from Montgomery, Alabama and I didn`t think if he was a funding member of Styx. I thought he joined later.

Tommy Shaw had a cult following in Alabama being raised on cornbread. :D Styx to your ribs!

Well anyway, Styx never was my thing, airy and sappy with all the ballads like Lorelei, Come Sail Away and Lady.

Styx reached its crescendo with me with Blue Collar Man. Great guitar solo. Did Tommy Shaw play that?

Tommy Shaw can play but what the hay was he thinging when he teamed up with the anti-rocker, Ted "The Stooge" Nugent?

Damn, those Yankees sucked

I remember I had the 8-track tape with Lorelei and Lies because my brother loathed it while we were toolin` around in the 71 Camaro.

Please don`t get me started on Mr. Roboto..domo domo.

Is there a smilie for projectile vomiting?

The Chicago pop metal tamdem of REO Speedwagon/Styx would make a great reunion tours for casinos and bars

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Actually not - I can't remember the names of the songs as it was a few years ago ;) But they weren't ones that were radio hits.

How's it going "ninelives?" Believe it or not, there were many great songs on their albums that were not hits nor were they played on the radio. In many ways, like many bands, they left the very best songs off the radio since they wanted music fans to purchase the albums. It kind of makes sense. ROCK ON!

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Hoz-zit gwoin`LFF.

Caught Styx in 1979/80-ish in Alabama, (sorry, not sure of the exact year- a bit hazy)

Tommy Shaw is from Montgomery, Alabama and I didn`t think if he was a funding member of Styx. I thought he joined later.

Tommy Shaw had a cult following in Alabama being raised on cornbread. :D Styx to your ribs!

Well anyway, Styx never was my thing, airy and sappy with all the ballads like Lorelei, Come Sail Away and Lady.

Styx reached its crescendo with me with Blue Collar Man. Great guitar solo. Did Tommy Shaw play that?

Tommy Shaw can play but what the hay was he thinging when he teamed up with the anti-rocker, Ted "The Stooge" Nugent?

Damn, those Yankees sucked

I remember I had the 8-track tape with Lorelei and Lies because my brother loathed it while we were toolin` around in the 71 Camaro.

Please don`t get me started on Mr. Roboto..domo domo.

Is there a smilie for projectile vomiting?

The Chicago pop metal tamdem of REO Speedwagon/Styx would make a great reunion tours for casinos and bars

How's it going "L 7?" I apologize for misinforming people such as yourself. I wrote many notes and I kind of mixed the facts on different pages missing the very important point that you mentioned about Tommy Shaw. You're right, Tommy Shaw is not from Chicago. In 1972, STYX recruited Guitarists James "JY" Young and John Curulewski. In 1975, John Curulewski left STYX and would be replaced by Tommy Shaw. John Curulewski would pass away from an Aneurysm in 1988. Again, thanks for correcting me "L 7," I really want to make sure that all of our fellow ZEPPELIN fanatics get the true facts. I LOVE REO SPEEDWAGON! That sounds like another great 1970's thread in the making in itself! ROCK ON!

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Hoz-zit gwoin`LFF.

Caught Styx in 1979/80-ish in Alabama, (sorry, not sure of the exact year- a bit hazy)

Tommy Shaw is from Montgomery, Alabama and I didn`t think if he was a funding member of Styx. I thought he joined later.

Tommy Shaw had a cult following in Alabama being raised on cornbread. :D Styx to your ribs!

Well anyway, Styx never was my thing, airy and sappy with all the ballads like Lorelei, Come Sail Away and Lady.

Styx reached its crescendo with me with Blue Collar Man. Great guitar solo. Did Tommy Shaw play that?

Tommy Shaw can play but what the hay was he thinging when he teamed up with the anti-rocker, Ted "The Stooge" Nugent?

Damn, those Yankees sucked

I remember I had the 8-track tape with Lorelei and Lies because my brother loathed it while we were toolin` around in the 71 Camaro.

Please don`t get me started on Mr. Roboto..domo domo.

Is there a smilie for projectile vomiting?

The Chicago pop metal tamdem of REO Speedwagon/Styx would make a great reunion tours for casinos and bars

Correct---Tommy came in later (see above, Zepfan's corrected post).

Actually Styx and REO have done a few tours together in the past decade, and even put out a live CD called Arch Allies a few years ago. They are also touring together again this summer. Check out www.Styxworld.com for tour dates.

As to Mr Roboto...suffice it to say the finished product was LIGHT years from the "rough draft" and NOT for the good, in my opinion. I think Dennis got his hands on it too much--shoulda left it as it was!!

As to Damn Yankees, I think it was good for Tommy if for no other reason than he got to hook up with Jack Blades and make a few discs with him over the years ...the last one being about 1 1/2 years ago or so (a really good disc of songs they cover that were influential to them growing up). And they did a mini-tour together to promote that disc, too. :)

Sharon

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How's it going "L 7?" I apologize for misinforming people such as yourself. I wrote many notes and I kind of mixed the facts on different pages missing the very important point that you mentioned about Tommy Shaw. You're right, Tommy Shaw is not from Chicago. In 1972, STYX recruited Guitarists James "JY" Young and John Curulewski. In 1975, John Curulewski left STYX and would be replaced by Tommy Shaw. John Curulewski would pass away from an Aneurysm in 1988. Again, thanks for correcting me "L 7," I really want to make sure that all of our fellow ZEPPELIN fanatics get the true facts. I LOVE REO SPEEDWAGON! That sounds like another great 1970's thread in the making in itself! ROCK ON!

Whats gwoin` down ZFF, besides Paris Hilton.

ZFF, can I call you zeffy, rhymes with hefe, Spanish for the boss.

Being from Tejas, you already know that. :D

I hope I didn`t come off as correcting you, a fellow rocker. With your connections and cornucopia of knowlegde about music, I am unworthy.

Apologies if I did!

Rock on!

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Correct---Tommy came in later (see above, Zepfan's corrected post).

Actually Styx and REO have done a few tours together in the past decade, and even put out a live CD called Arch Allies a few years ago. They are also touring together again this summer. Check out www.Styxworld.com for tour dates.

As to Mr Roboto...suffice it to say the finished product was LIGHT years from the "rough draft" and NOT for the good, in my opinion. I think Dennis got his hands on it too much--shoulda left it as it was!!

As to Damn Yankees, I think it was good for Tommy if for no other reason than he got to hook up with Jack Blades and make a few discs with him over the years ...the last one being about 1 1/2 years ago or so (a really good disc of songs they cover that were influential to them growing up). And they did a mini-tour together to promote that disc, too. :)

Sharon

Why thankie for you response, Sharon.

Jack Blades, wasn`t he hooked up with Night Ranger?

Too bad that whole early 90s gig with Damn Yankees seemed to get drowned out in the cacophony of Grunge.

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Why thankie for you response, Sharon.

Jack Blades, wasn`t he hooked up with Night Ranger?

Too bad that whole early 90s gig with Damn Yankees seemed to get drowned out in the cacophony of Grunge.

Hi L7!

Yes, Jack Blades was with Night Ranger, prior to Damn Yankees.

And LOL to DY getting drowned out in the cacophony of grunge!!!!!!! :D:D

Sharon

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I do admit to buying Paradise Theatre way back when...

I know someone who refers to them as StyxREOSpeedwagonJourney.

However, I can't think of them now and not think of my favorite version of Come Sail Away...

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I know someone who refers to them as StyxREOSpeedwagonJourney.

LOL!!! :) Even funnier considering that this was a tour about 5-6 years ago.....apparently the people that put that STYX/REO/Journey tour together thought the same thing as your friend!! :D:D

Sharon

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Hi L7!

Yes, Jack Blades was with Night Ranger, prior to Damn Yankees.

And LOL to DY getting drowned out in the cacophony of grunge!!!!!!! :D:D

Sharon

Speaking of Night Ranger, wasn`t Brad Gellis (my sic, didn`t check with the wiki) the descent guitarist who has a brief stint with Ozzy before/after Night Ranger?

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Whats gwoin` down ZFF, besides Paris Hilton.

ZFF, can I call you zeffy, rhymes with hefe, Spanish for the boss.

Being from Tejas, you already know that. :D

I hope I didn`t come off as correcting you, a fellow rocker. With your connections and cornucopia of knowlegde about music, I am unworthy.

Apologies if I did!

Rock on!

How's it going "L 7?" Please don't think that way "L 7!" No need for you to apologize. I should be thanking you for correcting me, I really do appreciate it. No one's perfect. After all, like I said, it is very important for me to make sure that all of our fellow ZEPPELIN fanatics get the correct information. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. Thank you for your comments on my posts, it shows me that you care about the truth and the music. ROCK ON my friend!

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I do admit to buying Paradise Theatre way back when...

I know someone who refers to them as StyxREOSpeedwagonJourney.

However, I can't think of them now and not think of my favorite version of Come Sail Away...

How's it going "ebk?" StyxREOSpeedwagonJourney, I like that name! I tell you, I'm getting even more ideas about writing threads on REO Speedwagon and Journey. Thank you for the link. ROCK ON!

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